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Monday, July 4, 2016

India Begins Chairmanship of BRICS Parliamentary Consultative Committee

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj chaired the BRICS Parliamentary Consultative Committee on India’s Chairmanship. It is an important precursor meeting for the BRICS Summit scheduled to be held in Goa in October this year.

India assumed the rotating chairmanship of BRICS from Russia on February 15 and will hold the position till December 31, 2016.

BRICS countries together comprise 42 percent of the world’s population and their combined economic output exceeds $16 trillion. India will host the BRICS summit for the second time, earlier it was held in Delhi in March, 2012.

The forthcoming BRICS summit will focus on building responsive, inclusive and collective solutions for the group.

India will emphasize institution-building and implementation of commitments made at previous summits. It will also try to explore synergies among the various existing and established framework mechanism of BRICS.

India has planned a series of events during its chairmanship which include the BRICS Under 17 football tournament, BRICS Film Festival, BRICS Wellness Forum, BRICS Youth Forum, BRICS Young Diplomats Forum, BRICS Trade Fair, BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave and BRICS think tank and academic forum.

BRICS as a grouping has been pushing for greater economic growth among its member countries and reform of global financial institutions.

Source: Sputnik